LowCarbUSA San Diego 2022

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Symposium for Metabolic Health by LowCarbUSA San Diego 2022


From the first scent of sea air to the last glimpse of sunset as we drove away, The Symposium for Metabolic Health, hosted by LowCarbUSA surpassed every expectation that we had.

Conventions, expos and symposiums are not new. Going back almost 200 years they've been a platform to share information and exchange ideas. Events focused on Metabolic Health, Keto or Low Carb however, are relatively new to the scene. As a source for information, new ideas and new products they have become vital.

I got goose bumps. Sitting in the first row, waiting for the first speaker, I knew immediately we were in for the best weekend. For the next 4 days qualified experts, doctors and health care professionals shared their research and their experiences with a large room of excited attendees.

During breaks and at lunch these same speakers went out of their way to talk with us, answer questions and of course take selfies.

Dinner was the highlight of the day. An intimate setting under the stars of Southern California, we sat side by side with some of the biggest names in the industry. Gary Taubes, Brian Lenzkes, MD, Robert Cywes, MD, PhD, Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, Andrea Salcedo, DO, Nina Teicholz, Dave Feldman, Michelle Hurn, RD, LD, Amy Berger, MS, CNS, Mark Cucuzzella, MD FAAFP, Tony Hampton MD, Eric Westman, MD, MHS, Antonio C. Martinez II, Ede Fox, Peter Ballerstedt, PhD, Dr. Ben, Gurpreet Padda, MD, MBA, Jodi Nishida, PharmD, Dominic D'Agostino, PhD, Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA, Neville Wellington, MBChB, Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, Dr. Elie Jarrouge, MD, Dr Bret Scher.

Questions, and ideas flowed freely. Shared journeys and most importantly shared goals for the future were a common topic. I do not know of any other venue where you can get such in depth and intense one on one contact.

Throughout the conference the belief that we are all in this together and we need to be supportive was evident in all aspects of the weekend. Another theme that permeated the conference came from the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners. They shared their motto of One Voice For Metabolic Health. I truly believe that we can be the change. That we can be the voice that starts a grassroots movement to encourage others to fight for metabolic health for everyone.

Is it worth going to a low carb conference? Yes, yes, yes !

Standing next to one of your heroes, and being able to express the gratitude of how their words changed your life is priceless. There are no words I can use to express how absolutely grateful Roxana and I are for the chance to share our journey with those that made the biggest impact on our health. I only hope that we can give back a fraction of what we have received.

My journey started 17 years ago and I thought I knew everything about diabetes and metabolic health, but it wasn't until I heard Dr Bret Scher on a podcast that I started listening. For the first time I heard deep in my heart that I could reverse my metabolic disease and that it didn't have to be progressive.

How lucky am I? I got to meet Dave Feldman twice. First pic at the Las Vegas Keto Expo 2021, second pic at LowCarbUSA San Diego 2022.


This was my first low-carb summit. After watching Low-Carb Boca 2022 online live, I booked my Boca 2023 tickets to attend the event in person. When I saw the line-up for San Diego, I could not resist getting tickets for the event.

Dr. Stephen Phinney was whom I anticipated meeting the most. I had waited three years to tell him my story and how he was instrumental in saving my life. Back then, I was very sick. After 30+ years of failed yoyo-dieting, I had all but given up. I could not bear another failure. With blood sugars in the high 400s for a week, I borrowed some Humalog from my T1D son but was afraid I had injected too many units. A friend suggested checking my glucose levels every 30 minutes and looking up Dr. Stephen Phinney online. His YouTube lecture straight up made sense. It gave me the hope that I needed to try one more time. And it worked.

After telling Dr. Phinney how he saved my life, I tried smiling for the picture but was overcome with emotion. Luckily I found him later and took more photos (all smiles).

The second picture shows the result of hearing Dr. Phinney's words when I needed them the most. The before-picture was taken the day after I heard Dr. Phinney's talk. It might look smug, a person that wants to seem confident and happy about their size. But it wasn't that. It was filled with hope. I knew I could do this. And I did.

Another highlight was meeting my ride-or-die, Joy, for the first time in real life. We have been working together for over a year and even started a keto coaching business: Kendo-Keto. It only took us one night to sync up our cycles ... ahem ... ketone and glucose levels. Joy's readings are the ones on the right, mine were the ones on the left.

If you are on the fence about these kinds of events, believe me, this one was fully worth it. The low-carb community is not a tribe or a cult or whatnot. We are family.

We highly recommend LowCarbUSA, Founded in 2016 with a drive for "Turning consensus on it's head." quickly evolved to an invaluable wealth of knowledge with an extensive library of educational videos, ever growing database of practitioners, nutritionists and sports trainers that support Keto, Low Carb and Carb Restriction way of eating and a searchable database for papers and articles supporting carb restriction for metabolic health.

See you in Boca, https://www.lowcarbusa.org/low-carb-events/boca-2022/

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Written by Joy Sypher and Roxana Soetebeer
Published September 3rd, 2022

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